Officer Dan De Kraai
St. Joseph Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Date of Incident: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available
Officer Dan De Kraai was accidentally shot and killed following a training drill with other officers. Once the training had been completed the officers reclaimed their service weapons with live ammunition.
As another officer was demonstrating something to Officer De Kraai, he was shot once in the back and suffered a fatal wound.
Officer De Kraai had served with the St. Joseph Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and young daughter.
Agency Contact Information
St. Joseph Police Department
501 Faraon Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501
Phone: (816) 271-4702
Please contact the St. Joseph Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.
ABERDEEN, Miss. Sept 19 2010 – A well-known high school football coach is under arrest after being accused of committing sex crimes against minors.
Law enforcement arrested Sulligent, Ala. and former Smithville head football coach Dwight Bowling as he was returning home following his team’s Friday night game.
Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson says Bowling is accused of crimes in his county, Monroe County and Lamar County, Ala.
Bowling is a resident of Itawamba County. The schools are in the other two counties.
According to the sheriff, the coach is alleged to have carried one of his victims across the Mississippi-Alabama line, which led to federal involvement in the case.
Bowling was brought to the Monroe County Detention Facility in Aberdeen where he is being held.
ATHENS, Ga.Sept 19 2010 — An Athens urologist is in the Clarke County jail on charges he drugged and raped a patient in his office more than a year ago.
Dr. Mark Adams surrendered to police just after 6 p.m. on Thursday. He waived his first court appearance early Friday morning.
Athens-Clarke County police told Channel 2′s Richard Elliot that Adams has been under investigation since the victim made the accusations in July 2009. The Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Office is also investigating the case.
“She felt like she was drugged and the sexual assault happened in his office,” said Athens-Clarke County police Cpt. Clarence Holeman.
During the yearlong investigation, Adams continued to see patients at his Baxter Street office in Athens.
A spokesman for the Georgia Composite State Medical Board said they were not aware of the investigation into or charges against Adams.
BELLEVUE, Neb. Sept 19 2010 (AP) – Bellevue police say eight people were arrested after a 15-year-old girl’s birthday celebration turned raucous.
Police Chief John Stacey said in a news release Sunday that one officer was kicked in the face and another was hit in the face during a disturbance at a rental hall about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Both suffered minor injuries.
Private security officers summoned police when a fight began to escalate. In addition to two officers being struck, beer bottles were thrown at a third officer, but that officer wasn’t struck.
Seven adults and one juvenile were arrested, including two for assault on an officer.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have detained 5 of the eight people arrested.
CHARLOTTE, NC Sept 19 2010 — Security officers at a Target store near Uptown Charlotte called police after spotting a man secretly peeping on women inside the store on Friday afternoon.
Target security officers told Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police that store surveillance cameras captured a man with a cell phone on top on his tennis shoe recording underneath a woman’s dress. Security officers told police the suspect had used the technique on several different women in the store. Andrew McKenzie, 29, was taken into custody.
Eyewitness News spoke to one victim who said she didn’t have a clue what had happened until after police approached her in the store. Customers shopping at the store today had some choice words for the accused peeping tom. John Summey said, “It’s pretty pathetic he needs to be locked up or something.” Shopper Barbara Fullerton said, “I think they need to find something better to do with themselves honestly.”
While other customers offered praise for the alert security team who stopped him. Carrie O’Brien said, “No one ever gets caught so that’s one less wack out on the streets.”
Eyewitness News also reached out to Target’s corporate office for comment. A spokesperson issued the following statement by email, “At Target, our highest priority is the safety and security of our guests and team members. We have extensive security systems and procedures in place to ensure the safety and security of everyone in the store.”
Andrew McKenzie was charged with felony secret peeping. He has been released on $5,000 bond.
BELCOURT ND Sept 19 2010 A security guard at the Skydancer Hotel and Casino here has pressed charges against a member of the Turtle Mountain Tribal Council, claiming that he assaulted her this past week.
A victim affidavit filed by the security guard she wished to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job stated that on Saturday, Sept. 11, she was at the hotel admissions desk at the casino when she was approached by tribal councilman Chucky DeCoteau. The affidavit states that he went behind the front desk, “which is supposed to be a secured area…He reached with his right hand and slapped the left side of my face.”
The assault, which the guard described as being “unprovoked and unwarranted” was witnessed by two other employees, as well as surveillance cameras. The guard went to the E.R. at the Quentin Burdick hospital, in Belcourt, with “bruising on my left cheek and severe panic attacks.”
A temporary protection order was placed on Wednesday.
While the security guard declined to comment, a family member commented that DeCoteau’s job “is a salaried job.”
“That makes him on the job as a councilman as he did this violation,” said Pete Nadeau.
A message left for DeCoteau at the tribal headquarters Friday was not immediately answered.
McNeil Ark Sept 19 2010 A Destrehan native, charged earlier this year by Arkansas authorities with the deaths of her two young children, has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences after pleading no contest to two counts of first degree murder.
Dawn Wines, 22, was arrested in Luling on March 12 and booked with two counts of capital murder by Columbia County Sheriff’s authorities who say she admitted to them that she suffocated her 18-month-old son, Louis Wines and her 7-month-old daughter, Annabelle Wines, in separate incidents about 10 weeks apart in 2009.
Authorities say that Wines, who was married and living in McNeil, Ark., was home alone with the children during each incident.
Wines initially pleaded innocent to the charges and was scheduled for trial next month. Prosecutors had said they would seek the death penalty against her.
Instead, court officials say Wines, accompanied by her court appointed attorney, accepted the lesser charges as part of a plea agreement on Wednesday before Columbia County Circuit Judge Hamilton Singleton in Magnolia, Ark.
Singleton sentenced her to two consecutive life sentences to be served in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Wines’ estranged husband has said that she suffered from postpartum depression and seemed disconnected from the children. He said they separated after the death of their daughter and that his wife returned to Destrehan to live.
Bryce Ellison Norton, 29, was charged in Third District Court with 15 felony counts including 12 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, two counts of rape of a child and dealing in harmful materials to a child. All charges except the dealing in harmful materials are first degree felonies.
The final charge is a third degree felony.
Charging documents say Norton abused four young girls, all under the age of 13, from approximately Jan. 1 to Sept. 1. Two of the girls each said at least one of the abuse incidents happened “at his karate studio located in South Jordan.” In post-Miranda statements, Norton said all of the incidents of abuse with a third girl happened at the studio, according to charging documents.
Charging documents list the address of East West MMA Martial Arts & Karate, 1098 W. South Jordan Parkway as Norton’s AKA.
The company’s website includes written testimonials from clients. One person wrote prior to Norton’s arrest wrote, “Sensei Bryce Norton is an excellent teacher and a great role model for the kids.”
Norton was being held in the Salt Lake County Jail Saturday on $500,000 bail.
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas Sept 19 2010 – Authorities are investigating after three children were found shot to death inside a north Harris County apartment.
The incident happened around 9:45 in the 13000 block of Homestead.
According to deputies, officers arrived to the scene of a shooting and found the bodies of three children inside the apartment. Officers said the father of the children also sustained gunshot wounds and was transported to the hospital. His condition is unknown.
Authorities said Federico Garcia was walking in the neighborhood nearby when he saw a distraught woman come out of an A&D Food Market, which is attached to the apartment. She told him to call police and he contacted authorities.
Authorities continue to investigate the incident.
We will be sure to update the story as more information becomes available.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Sept 19 2010– Twenty-three year old Valerie Hamilton’s body was found at a storage facility off Monroe Road in Southeast Charlotte late Saturday night.
Police are now searching for Michael Neal Harvey, who they say is wanted for her murder. Police are asking anyone who know where he is to call crimestoppers.
Valerie Hamilton was last seen leaving Thomas Street Tavern, on Thomas Avenue near Central Avenue, just before 1:30 Wednesday morning.
The next day, her car was still parked in a nearby parking lot in front of Vizionz Barber Shop.
Lance Washington, a barber at the shop, thought it was unusual the car had been parked there all day – and was still there Thursday morning too.
The other thing Washington noticed about the car was the purse and keys inside. “Any woman that you know normally will take the pocketbook with them to wherever they’re going,” said Washington.
Later Thursday, he saw Hamilton’s parents come by and look at the car. He spoke to Valerie’s father, Concord Police Chief Merl Hamilton. “I really felt for the guy because I have kids of my own,” said Washington, “and when he told me his daughter was missing that really hit home for me.”
Police scoured the area Friday for clues about the young swim teacher’s disappearance, and looked at images from cameras inside and outside the tavern.
“We’ve opened up our computer system to look at any surveillance that we might have had,” said Thomas Street Tavern manager Josh Feury. “We had our bartenders or anyone who was working go downtown and help photo I.D. people, and just anything we can do to try to help we’re trying to do.”
A lone police officer stood outside Hamilton’s apartment in the Arboretum Saturday. Yellow tape on the front door showed that the apartment had been sealed since Friday.
Neighbor Josh Bridges say he would see Hamilton around the building, and she was always friendly.
He calls her disappearance “depressing.” “She’s one of those people,” said Bridges. “She puts a smile on your face when you see her.”
“America’s Most Wanted” is featuring the case on its website, and producers said they might come to Charlotte this week to shoot a segment.
The Kristen Foundation for Missing Adults is also reaching out to the Hamilton family, and said it will offer its services to law enforcement if asked.